Football fans have been urged to choose between the booze or the car this FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Many of the matches, such as England’s opening fixture with Tunisia on Monday June 18th, kick off in the early evening, and road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist has called on fans to put safety first and ensure everyone gets home safely.
As it stands, anyone convicted of drink-driving faces a mandatory ban of at least 12 months, with a fine of up to £5,000 and a possible prison sentence of up to six months.
GEM road safety officer Neil Worth said he doesn’t want anyone’s World Cup to end in penalties.
“We’re urging fans to plan how they get home if they’re going out to watch a match,” he said.
“Pre-book a taxi or share lifts and agree a designated driver who will stay on soft drinks.”
Similarly, getting home on foot has its own risks, with tipsy pedestrians suffering from impaired judgement and a reduced ability to judge speed and distance.
“We will be cheering for England in Russia and we certainly don’t want to spoil anyone’s enjoyment of the football,” he commented.
“However, we are committed to helping reduce the risks of injury faced by pedestrians who may have had one drink too many, so we encourage fans to look out for each other and get home safely.”
GEM Motoring Assist has these safety tips for World Cup fans:
- If you’re walking home from the pub late at night, make sure you can be seen by drivers and riders.
- Never let mates walk home drunk on their own.
- If you’re going out to watch the football, then pre-book your taxi home or share lifts and agree a designated driver for each match.
- If you need to drive home, don’t take any risks and stay on soft drinks while you’re out.
- If you have a few late night drinks at home, then don’t plan to drive the following morning as you could still be over the drink-drive limit.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “GEM Motoring Assist is speaking a lot of sense here. No one should take silly risks this World Cup.”
Posted on 12th June 2018
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